May 8, 2011 / 1:59 PM / 7 years ago

FACTBOX-Latest military activity in Libya

BRUSSELS, May 8 (Reuters) - Following are the latest available details of military activity in Libya:

* NATO air strikes hit weapons depots near Zintan in western Libya on Sunday, a rebel spokesman said. NATO confirmed the attacks, describing the targets as ammunition stores.

* In a statement, NATO said it carried out 153 sorties on Saturday, including 58 “strike” sorties that aim to identify and hit targets but do not always deploy munitions.

* A rebel spokesman said on Sunday pro-Gaddafi forces were concealing tanks and other military equipment behind buildings and under trees, using them in rapid “shoot ‘n scoot” operations and hiding them again, evading NATO air strikes near Misrata.

* Libyan government forces destroyed four fuel storage tanks in rebel-held Misrata on Saturday, rebels reported, making it more difficult for the port city to withstand a government siege. Misrata’s port has also been mined.

* Libyan state television reported on Saturday that some rebel fighters had surrendered to government troops.

* Libyan rebels retracted a claim by a rebel spokesman on Saturday that Italy had agreed to supply the anti-Gaddafi movement with weapons. The rebels’ leader said no weapons were being received from Italy or anywhere else.

* Amnesty International on Friday reported indiscriminate attacks by Gaddafi forces in the besieged city of Misrata, including the use of snipers, cluster bombs and artillery in civilian areas, saying it could constitute war crimes.

* Russia on Friday said that it opposed foreign ground operations in Libya and criticised a Western-led grouping that has pledged aid to the rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s government forces.

* A coalition of Western and Arab countries has agreed to provide Libyan rebels with millions of dollars in aid to help them in their campaign to drive out Gaddafi.

* The Libyan government rejected U.S. plans to unblock its frozen assets and give them to rebels fighting Gaddafi, saying such a move was piracy and would undermine the global financial system.

* More than a dozen mortar rounds fired from Libya landed near the Tunisian border town of Dehiba on Thursday, a Tunisian security source said, as Libyan government troops fought rebels in the Western Mountains.

* Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its aircraft have conducted 5,663 sorties, including 2,262 strike sorties.

* Twenty ships under NATO command are patrolling the central Mediterranean Sea. On Saturday, 16 vessels were hailed to determine their cargo and destination. Two were boarded but neither was diverted.

* Since the beginning of the arms embargo operations, 852 vessels have been hailed, 34 boarded and 5 diverted. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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